About Us

At greenUPGRADER we believe being green doesn't have to be difficult and that it shouldn't feel overwhelming. Instead of telling you how to live, we provide you with options that can help you live a greener life. We want to make sustainable living accessible to everyone, because we believe that if everyone makes at least a small change, the impact will be big! To help you along your journey, we provide interesting and novel products, recipes, tutorials and how-tos, green ideas, and sustainability news.

GreenUPGRADER is part of the LiveOAK Media Network.

Meet the greenUPGRADER team...

Matt Embrey | Founding Editor

Matt EmbreyHe hasn’t always been fighting the green fight.

"...not too long ago I was hanging out with my 5 year old niece and I asked her what she wanted to do for the day. She said she wanted to go down to the park and pick up litter because it was making mother nature sad. I always talk to her about the importance of being kind to mother nature but I realized that besides not littering, I did very little, partly because I felt overwhelmed by weight of 'Going Green'. The simplicity in her approach made me realize that 'Going Green' starts with action, and inspired me to start my journey to a more sustainable life."

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Becky Striepe |   Senior Editor

xBecky Striepe is an indie crafter living in Atlanta, GA with her husband, two cats & her trusty sewing machine. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone!

Becky believes in the power of little changes: using cloth napkins instead of paper, a reusable bag instead of a plastic one, and eating vegan, even if you’re just starting with a few meatless meals each week. Things like this add up to make a big impact! Even the act of cooking is so much greener than takeout when you consider all of the packaging and whatnot involved in ordering that Chinese delivery. She also believes that cooking and crafting go hand-in-hand. I mean, what’s craftier than whipping up a delicious meal or tasty treats to share with your friends and family, right?

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Timothy Hurst | Contributing Editor

Timothy Hurst is the executive editor of the LiveOAK Media Network and the founding editor of Ecopolitology and Earth & Industry, where he writes about the politics of energy and the environment, clean tech and sustainable business.

Always on the lookout for ways to use new media to explore, critique and advance the cause of sustainability, Tim also consults with brands and organizations that are looking to amplify their sustainability stories by connecting with digital influencers and thought leaders.

Tim has an M.A. in Political Science (Environmental Politics) from Colorado State University and a B.A. in International Relations from Lynchburg College in Virginia.

When not reading, writing, thinking, or talking about energy and environmental politics to anyone who will listen, Tim likes to hike, ski and get his hands dirty in the vegetable garden.

Doug Gunzelmann | Contributing Editor
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Doug is in perpetual motion and a self-proclaimed adventure junkie, that has had a longtime love affair with the great outdoors.

"I love being a part of the active world. The stuff that blows my hair back is adventure (all shapes and sizes), photography, mountaineering, Muay Thai, and seeing natural beauty in all its forms. The living earth is the framework on which I build my life and free time. My ideal trip would be BASE jumping at Sotano de Las Golandrinas in Mexico (closest I could come to skydiving through the jungle!). I work towards keeping it real, green, and healthy. "

Doug is the co-founder of gUP, and although he didn’t know what a blog was until a couple months after starting one.

Check out Doug's latest adventure: Biking across the Amazon

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Beth Buczynski | Writer

beth_party_av Beth is a wandering writer interested in all things low-impact and planet-friendly. Her sustainable scribbling can also be read at Crisp Green and on The Ecospheric Blog. Beth is interested in (and writes about) unique green businesses that are doing their part to make a difference, as well as urban farming, upcycling, alternative transportation (a.k.a. I pledge allegiance to my bike), and her secret dream: off-the-grid living.

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Samantha Tackeff | Writer

Derek Markham | Writer
Derek Markham

I dig singlespeed bicycles, simple living, organic gardening, sustainable lifestyle design, slacklining, bouldering, and baking with sourdough.

We just finished our own family experiment in lifestyle design, living for almost six years in one 8 by 15 foot room. We hauled all of our water, used a sawdust toilet, had a solar shower for washing up, and we had two unassisted births during that time (one under the stars, and one in a tipi). Don't try it. (Just kidding- you'll never truly understand cabin fever until you've experienced 2 adults, two kids, and a cat in 120 square feet, during single digit temps in January!)

I love good food; Colorado peaches are my all-time favorite. I really enjoy conversations with three year olds. I love being in the wilderness with my family; it feels like home. I love positive thinking and big audacious dreams. I like to skip rope, and yes, I do have a tiny rubber chicken (vegan) that lives with my flash drive.

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Danielle Brigida |  Writer
Danielle Brigida

Danielle is the Associate Operations Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation, specializing in the use of social media and other tools to engage activists to protect wildlife. She loves research and science and has always had a passion for animals. Danielle is NWF's lead voice on the social web, where she tracks emerging trends and finds the most effective ways to engage individuals for wildlife causes.

She enjoys helping other organizations implement social media.She graduated from Christopher Newport University with a BA in technical writing. Danielle spends her spare time reading and enjoying the outdoors, far away from the computer screen.

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